Established in 1984 the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) has been responsible for developing state-of-the-art telecommunication technology to meet India’s need for telecommunication network. C-DOT’s Executive Director P.V.Acharya spoke to Hindustan Times. Excerpts:
After 25 years later, how would you describe the journey so far?
From the starting point of developing digital switching systems, C-DOT has traversed the complex Telecom landscape, developing products in the area of optical, satellites and wireless communication from circuit switching technology of yesteryears, C-DOT has proven its expertise in ATM and Next Generation Networks.
C-DOT was set up to meet India’s unique requirements. Has this objective been achieved?
C-DOT started as a mission oriented centre with a mandate not only to develop digital switches, but also to create a mass manufacturing and vendor’s base. Within a very short time, telecom switching products ideally suited to Indian conditions started revolutionising rural telecommunication in the form of small rural automatic exchanges for towns. This was followed by induction of higher capacity digital switches known as main automatic exchanges (MAXs). C-DOT technology spread across the country through its licensed manufacturers with very strong technology transfer methodology.
C-DOT made a commitment to develop products in 36 months for Rs.36 crores. Twenty five years later, what is the road ahead?
C-DOT has realigned its efforts and defined its roadmap with a focus in four major directions keeping in view the relevance and need in the present scenario. The major developmental schemes in these directions, for the 11th Plan period (2007-2012) include the shared GSM Radio Access Network, which is currently under development, will give a fillip to business in rural India.